Posts Tagged 'motive'

Thinking About Thessalonica

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1 Th. 2:1-8

Consider all of the tests available today: Meyers/Briggs Personality tests; MENSA intelligence tests, SAT/PSAT-NMSQT academic tests… what about motives? Last week, we looked for genuineness (testing thankfulness); this week, we’re measuring motive…

How Do We Test For Intent?

Watch What Is Dared ~ 1 Th. 2:1-4

  • 1/2 willing to risk sharing
  • 3/4 why willing? Because they know they’re called/entrusted

Check Why It’s Shared ~ 1 Th. 2:5-7

  • 5 flattery= like a politician who says whatever needs to be said to gain a vote
  • 6 apostles are enabled with authority, but don’t use it to gain glory (opposite of politician)
  • 7 nurture, not neediness

1 Th. 2:8 because we love, we want to give more than the gospel, but our selves. Give your SELF away!

Bread From Heaven: Feeding on the Food from God

Bread From Heaven: Feeding on the Food from God Sermon Audio Here


John 6:24-35

Hunger is not our only motive to eat; sometimes, it’s not even our primary reason to eat!

As We Prepare to Receive, Ask:

What’s Our Motive for the Meal?
John 6:24-27

  • v24/25 it might take effort to find Jesus
  • v26 our motives for finding Jesus might be off
  • v27 focus on receiving from Christ, not earning His favor

Are We Missing the Meal?
John 6:28-31

  • v28/29 we often miss God’s simple call: believe!
  • v30/31 we want to believe on OUR TERMS

Have We Made Room for the Meal?
John 6:32-35

  • v32 we must remember: GOD’S TERMS matter
  • v33/35 JESUS Himself is our manna

When the Israelites gathered Manna during their desert travels, it was more than just a meal; it reminded them daily upon their dependence on God. And that’s how we are to journey with Christ: depending on Him daily.


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